This past Sunday on July 10, friends of mine, Emma and Kelsey Parrish, were participating in something called Mini-Trials with their equine partners at Hackamore Farm in North Jackson, Ohio.
I highly recommend if you are looking for something exciting and different to do with your horse or pony, give Mini-Trials a try! For 2016, there is no membership fee to participate in the NEOMTA series, and you do not have to commit to each event. You DO need to register for your choice date during the opening and closing period. Entries are received about 6 weeks prior to scheduled date and the deadline is about two weeks prior to the event. For example, the registration closes for the August 7 Rolling Rock Hunt Pony Club on July 20th, which comes up quickly! Check out the links provided for more information and feel free to reach out to the contact person listed for each hosting stable.
On Saturdays prior to the scheduled event, mounts are welcome, sometimes for a fee, to run through their paces for XC schooling. In some locations, stalls for your horsey comfort are available on a daily or weekend rental.
Having three different phases in one day offers variety to you and your equine partner. Each hosting stable has unique stadium jumps and challenges on the cross country course. At Hackamore Farm, I became aware owners and hosts Mr. and Mrs. Milliner built all of the colorful jumps themselves, you can see more on their website, http://www.millinerconcepts.com/#!horse-jumps/ahkms. The Milliners were gracious hosts of the event, providing strategically placed porta-potties and water for your horse near the trailer parking. An added touch was an escort to my parking spot, which is a small thing but just made me feel so much more welcome!
2016 NEOMTA Summer Series Schedule
Stone Gate Farm • June 26
Hackamore Farm • July 10
North Jackson, OH
South Farm • July 17
Stone Gate Farm • July 31
Rolling Rock Hunt PC • Aug 7
Bath Pony Club • Aug 21
Erie • Aug 28
South Farm • Sept 4
Sweetwater • Sept 11
Tri-State Region PC • Oct 2
The picture above was taken in the 1980's. I began my journey in horse massage for the love of my childhood Morgan mare, Taffy, who passed away in March 2013 at the age of 32. I continue to practice bodywork for the love of all horses.
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Masterson Method Certified Practitioner